CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgCIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCIEL Textile Limited is engaged in the manufacturing and sale of knitted garments locally and internationally. The countries in which the company sells these products include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, and South Africa. Within the company’s production line, there are fabrics, jersey-wear garments, t-shirts and polo shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, and knitwear. CIEL Textile Limited operates the sale of its products through the company’s subsidiaries such as Harris Wilson, Blu River, Aquarelle Shirt, and Floreal Boutique. The company is a subsidiary of CIEL Group and is based in Ebène, Mauritius. CIEL Textile Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Fostering a love for Apopka

first_img TAGSCommunity based Care of Central FloridaProtect and Inspire Previous articleThis Day in History: United States and Soviet Union establish a “hot line”Next article441 and Bradshaw – Intersection Improvements Begin Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Our Family Has Fostered a Love for ApopkaBy Julie LivelyBeing married to a former Navy quartermaster, I’ve moved my family all over America. But nothing compares to the joy of small-town life in Apopka.Not only is this tight-knit community an ideal place to raise our three biological boys, but people here also go out of their way to support the three girls we are fostering. And that means the world to my husband, Jason, and me.As public school teachers, every dollar counts. So when friends and community groups proactively donate items like cribs, clothes and school supplies – or cook a meal or offer to babysit – it makes me realize just how blessed we are to call Apopka home.Since Jason and I started fostering in March 2015, we’ve had eight children enter our home through Community Based Care of Central Florida. Some need a safe place for a night or two; others stay for several months. We have three girls in our care now – one is 5 and two are 8 – and they are like sisters to our boys, ages 6, 8 and 12.Before teaching, I was a youth case worker in Lake County. Time and again, I saw just how important it was for children in the foster care system to lead “normal” lives, with strong ties to everyday activities most of us would take for granted.In our case, all six of our kids love the outdoors, so we’re grateful to be part of high-character nature clubs like Boy Scouts Troop 10, Cub Scouts Troop 357 and American Heritage Girls Troop 6013. My family’s proverbial “village” encompasses our schools, church, neighbors and extended family as well. Even Perkins restaurant – where a sweet lady makes animal balloons on the weekend – puts a big smile on my kids’ faces.We can never underestimate the power of community when it comes to raising healthy kids, especially those who need a little extra love and compassion. My family is living proof that people’s simple acts of kindness go a long, long way.Not everyone is called to be a foster parent, but everyone can make a difference in the life of a vulnerable child. See how you can contribute by visiting www.ProtectandInspire.org.–Julie Lively teaches seventh-grade civics at Tavares Middle School. She and her husband, Jason, a math teacher at Apopka High School, have lived in Apopka for the past five years. They are in the process of adopting one of the girls in their care. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

5 ways to protect your phone screen

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 3) Keep the phone out of your pocket Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Screen protectors can be the best thing available to protect your screen from scratches or hits. The best thing is that they are usually cheap and most are really easy to apply without creating bumps or bubbles in them.  It never fails – the one time you aren’t taking caution to protect your phone is the exact moment when you drop your phone onto hard concrete, and of course, it lands glass-side down, because fate wouldn’t have it any other way. Normally, this would mean that your phone screen is cracked and maybe even unusable. But, if you had been protecting your phone’s screen, it could mean that you may not even have a scratch.Here are 5 ways to protect your phone screen. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Pockets, in general, were not designed to fit your phone, and the likelihood of it falling out of your pocket is high especially when moving a lot. By keeping it out of your pocket, you are protecting your phone from the potential danger of being dropped. 2) Use screen protectors One of the best things about Android phone manufacturers is that they offer one free screen replacement with their flagship models. The best thing is that it doesn’t matter how the screen got broken, they fix it with no questions asked. Apple, unfortunately, doesn’t offer such deals even under their AppleCare protection. 5) Don’t text while walking LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 4) Buy phones that offer free screen replacements TAGSPhone screen protection Previous articleMemorial Day travel hits highest level since 2005Next articleWhat happens in Apopka, plays in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 This is a great way to protect your phone because these cases not only cover the sides and back of the phone, but also the front when not in use (as long as you always attach the clasp). The great thing is these cases also come with compartments for credit cards and money allowing you to go wallet free or, even in a pinch, purse free. No matter where you go, you see people walking while texting. It’s really difficult to pay attention to what is going on around you while also texting, meaning there’s a good chance you might run into something or someone and drop your phone. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1) Invest in a wallet or flip caselast_img read more

Apopka Weekly Arrest Report

first_img Apopka Police Department Arrest Report ~ January 3 – January 9The Apopka Police Department reported the following statistics for the week ending January 9th:Calls For Service           1530Traffic Citations                78Crash Reports                    19In addition, the Apopka Police Department reported 28 arrests for the week ending January 9th.  Three juveniles were arrested.Arrested and charged were 12 adults from Apopka, 8 adults from Orlando, 1 adult from Ocoee, 1 adult from Mt Dora, 2 adults from Hudson, 1 adult from Tangerine, 1 juvenile from Apopka and 2 juveniles from Orlando.Four of the arrests made are in conjunction with 5 different Vehicle Burglaries reported in the week ending 1/9 Burglary Report.All of the arrests are listed here:TORRES, JOSE ALBERTO (53) of ORLANDO – DUIRIVERA, LUIS MORALES (27) of ORLANDO – FraudSALAS, JOSHUA AMISSADAI (20) of OCOEE – Drug PossessionBLODGETT, DANIEL ROLAND (62) of MT DORA – DUIHOUSTON, PATRICIA DENISE (28) of ORLANDO – Grand TheftMOBEEN, STEPHAN GABRIEL (20) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including Shoplifting and FraudKING, BRITTNEY MICHELLE (25) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including ShopliftingKELLER, MICHAEL RAYMOND (28) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including BatteryERICKSON, JEFFREY OWEN (55) of HUDSON – Mutliple charges including Retail TheftBROWN, JAMES ALFRED (60) of TANGERINE – DUIAREVALO, JONATHAN (21) of APOPKA Operating a – Vehicle without Valid LicenseHOPPER, JAMES LEE (51) of APOPKA – BatteryRUSSELL, WYATT AUSTIN (18) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Vehicle BurglaryJUVENILE (17) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including Vehicle BurglaryJUVENILE (15) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Vehicle BurglaryJUVENILE (15) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Vehicle BurglaryArrest report details provided by the Apopka Police Department LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAPDApopka Police DepartmentArrest Report Previous articleOn this day: Reagan gives his farewell addressNext articleOn this Day: Smoking declared hazardous to your health Claire Haslett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

USDA’s Year in Review: Sec. Perdue Proud of Keeping Customers ‘Front…

first_img SHARE SHARE Secretary Sonny Perdue in Indiana. Photo: Gary TruittU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is applauding the accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past year.“While this was a tough year with the coronavirus, historic wildfires, and weather damage, USDA met these challenges with a multitude of programs and services to support Americans and keep our agricultural sector running and responsive to the country’s needs,” said Secretary Perdue. “We salute our mission areas and agencies for keeping our customers front and center, serving the American people, farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers.”Farmers to Families Food Box Program:USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchased $8.6 billion in food for delivery to food banks, churches, schools, community organizations, tribal organizations, and international food aid organizations through various programs during Fiscal Year 2020. Using Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding, USDA announced the Farmers to Families Food Box Program on April 17, 2020. Through this program, USDA has been partnering with national, regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase up to $4.5 billion in fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat products from American producers of all sizes. Distributors then package these products into family-sized boxes and transport them to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits serving Americans in need. The Food Box Program has provided more than 125 million food boxes to Americans in need and will purchase nearly $4.5 billion worth of food by the end of the year.(You may view the Farmers to Families Food Box Program video or click on the image above to watch a highlight video of USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program in action across the United States)Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Funding:Working with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS); FSA and the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center quickly built and delivered two rounds of the CFAP, which provides financial assistance to help producers absorb some of the revenue losses and increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, CFAP 1 and CFAP 2 made available $30 billion in relief. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) worked together to adopt new processes for electronic signatures to ensure producer and field staff could use electronic tools safely and securely.(You may view the CFAP video or click on the image above to learn about the program)Ensuring Access to Food:USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) took unprecedented steps to ensure that children and low-income individuals had access to nutritious food in response to the pandemic as well. FNS issued more than 4,000 program flexibilities to adjust to local needs and maximize access for all eligible families across each of USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs. In October, USDA announced it would allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.(You may view the school meals announcement video or click on the image about to learn more about the flexibilities)Trade:In January, the United States and China reached a historic agreement on a Phase One trade deal that set forth structural and technical reforms to China’s trade practices in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange. The Phase One agreement addressed many non-tariff barriers to U.S. agriculture; it also included a commitment by China to make substantial purchases of U.S. goods and services. This agreement led to a record pace of Chinese purchases in many sectors, boosting agricultural commodity prices. In July, The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force, replacing the decades-old NAFTA, expanding market access for U.S. farmers to sell their products to our closest neighbors. In ongoing engagements with the European Union, and as the U.S. pursues a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, Secretary Perdue and USDA called for transparent, science-based trade policies that foster innovation and ensure that agriculture remains economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.(You may view the USMCA video or click on the image above to learn more about the agreement)Customer Service:USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) stood up a call center to help producers with questions and assistance with program applications for CFAP and Seafood Trade Relief Program. The call center has received over 25,000 calls, including over 800 in Spanish, since its inception in May. In just two weeks, the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center developed and deployed a new tool that walks producers through eligible commodities for CFAP and outlines their next steps. Another new decision tool, the Conservation Concerns Tool, gives landowners conservation solutions to fit their business needs. In addition to searching for information on farmers.gov, producers can also log into farmers.gov to manage their conservation business online.Rural Broadband:USDA invested $1.3 billion to support rural broadband expansion through the ReConnect Pilot Program. Included in this total is $85 million provided through the CARES Act. In total, these investments are connecting approximately 280,000 households, 19,978 farms and 10,053 businesses to high-speed internet.Innovation and Sustainability Agenda:Through the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, USDA committed to stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing U.S. agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. The initiative is comprised of four main components; developing a research strategy; aligning the work of our customer-facing agencies and integrating innovative technologies and practices into USDA programs; setting benchmarks to track progress toward meeting future food, fiber, fuel, feed and climate demands. As one example of Agriculture Innovation Agenda efforts, USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together to deliver on the U.S. national goal of reducing food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030 through consumer education, food date labeling, measurement, and collaboration with private industry.(You may view the Agriculture Innovation Agenda video or click on the image above to watch a recap video of the Agriculture Innovation Agenda launch)USDA Agency Accomplishments:USDA serves the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country. While each mission area accomplished a great deal in 2020, notable accomplishments are as follows:Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) purchased $8.6 billion in food for delivery to food banks, churches, schools, community organizations, schools, tribal organizations, and international food aid organizations through various programs during Fiscal Year 2020. Using Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding, USDA partnered with national, regional and local distributors, whose workforces were significantly impacted by the closure of restaurants, hotels and other food service businesses, to purchase and distribute agricultural products to American families across the country. The food was packaged and distributed through the innovative Farmers to Families Food Box Program, begun in May. The food box program has provided more than 125 million food boxes to Americans in need and will purchase nearly $4.5 billion worth of food by the end of the year. In addition, AMS purchased $1.3 billion worth of American-produced agricultural products through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), one of three USDA trade mitigation programs aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damages caused by unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. AMS also continued its support for the nation’s food safety net through its regular, ongoing Section 32 purchases of a variety of domestically produced and processed agricultural products. Approximately $700 million in Section 32 purchases were made for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) this year, of which over $496 million in purchases are scheduled for delivery in FY 2021.Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists identified a promising, highly effective new vaccine that protects against the circulating strain of African Swine Fever that is affecting the pork industry in Europe and Asia. In just two months, ARS researchers produced the entire genome of the Asian giant hornet, a new invasive insect that is a threat to honey bee colonies. ARS made the data freely accessible to researchers even before publishing in a scientific journal to help coordinate an effective and rapid response. ARS scientists also designed the scent lure for traps that led to the detection and destruction of the first nest of these invasive insects in the United States. To help inform livestock and poultry producers, ARS initiated emergency response research on SARS-CoV-2; the research demonstrated that livestock and poultry species are not a source of infection for SARS-CoV-2 and insects are not a risk factor for the transmission of the virus to humans.Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) played a vital role to ensure the free flow of agricultural trade by keeping U.S. agricultural industries free from pests and diseases. Examples include eradicating a disease-causing bacteria (Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2) from more than 650 U.S. commercial greenhouses in just two months; eradicating an outbreak of avian influenza in North and South Carolina, preventing spread to other areas and limiting the overall impact on the poultry industry; publishing the final SECURE rule, the first-ever major revision of USDA’s biotechnology regulations, which streamlines and modernizes our system; and establishing the first-ever robust foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank.Economic Research Service (ERS) produced timely economic research and data to address emerging national and global issues. Among these efforts, Commodity Outlook reports on how the pandemic has affected commodity markets, as well as contributions to the new U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, which provides near real-time data on households experiencing food insufficiency, or not having enough food, among other measures. Other ERS research helps decisionmakers with emerging issues, such as a study on how the European Commission’s new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies might affect agricultural production and food security. ERS also coordinated with the National Agricultural Statistics Service to conduct the Survey of Irrigation Organizations, which will provide the first data in more than 40 years on the operation of surface-water delivery and groundwater management organizations and their influence on on-farm water use and drought resiliency of the irrigation sector.Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Business Center streamlined processes and improved mission support delivery, which enables staff of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency to continue providing best-in-class customer service and delivery of farm programs. The Business Center improved fleet management through enhanced reporting tools and new processes for vehicle-sharing, decreasing underutilized vehicles in the fleet by 21 percent in recent years. The Business Center has also provided critical support – from software to rulemaking – for the implementation of programs, including the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, which was developed and deployed in six weeks. The Business Center has also led development of farmers.gov, a single web experience that provides farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with self-service applications and program information.Farm Service Agency (FSA) helped farmers, livestock producers and foresters weather a tough 2020, marked with a pandemic and natural disasters. This included delivering two rounds of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which to date has made available $30 billion to help producers absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. FSA’s suite of disaster assistance programs provided more than $212 million to help offset losses from the year’s wildfires, hurricanes, and drought. FSA also helped farmers and ranchers get the financing they needed to start, expand or maintain a family farm, obligating more than $7.5 billion in direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans, the highest in agency history. This includes more than $3.4 billion for beginning farmers, also an agency record.The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, including Emergency Meals to You, a public-private partnership which delivered more than 40 million meals to approximately 400,000 children in rural areas during Spring and Summer 2020 school closures. FNS also stood up a new version of food assistance called Pandemic EBT, to cover the cost of meals children would normally receive at school. FNS quickly expanded access to online purchasing for more than 97 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in 46 states and the District of Columbia. FNS continues to work with interested states and retailers, with a priority on independently owned and operated retailers. This year also realized key policies in line with the agency’s commitment to customer service, program integrity and self-sufficiency, including the first ever SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) National Work Forum, bringing together more than 1,500 partners nationwide to discuss ways to move SNAP participants forward into work opportunities.Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) advanced science-based and data-driven initiatives to modernize policies, operations, and inspection systems. Among them, a regulatory change that modernizes swine slaughter inspection which establishments can choose to operate under, as well as finalizing the Egg Products Inspection Regulations rule, the first time that egg product inspection methods have been modernized since Congress passed the Eggs Product Inspection Act in 1970. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FSIS protected its employees by supplying and requiring the use of protective equipment as outlined in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FSIS continued to fulfill its Congressionally mandated mission to ensure the safety and wholesomeness of meat, poultry, and egg products provided to consumers. No FSIS-regulated establishments closed due to a lack of inspection personnel.USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service supported policy and marketing channels to promote free, fair and reciprocal trade and to expand opportunities for U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace. The historic Phase One trade agreement with China, addresses a multitude of structural barriers that had impeded exports of U.S. food and agricultural products. The United States also strengthened ties with its North American neighbors and expanded opportunities for U.S. agriculture via the landmark U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which entered into force in July, and made substantial progress towards a free trade agreement with Kenya, while also successfully resolving longstanding trade issues there. The pandemic changed the way U.S. agriculture conducted business and interacted with international audiences, underscoring the value of USDA’s ongoing efforts to provide vital market intelligence to U.S. stakeholders and also leading to the development of innovative new marketing channels such as virtual trade shows that are allowing U.S. exporters to connect directly, yet safely, with potential overseas customers.USDA’s Forest Service (USFS) opened hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests to visitor access and sold more timber than it has in the past 22 years, providing a sustainable flow of forest products and supporting rural economies. In addition, the agency improved forest conditions and reduced wildfire risk on over 2.2 million acres through timber harvest, removing hazardous fuels like dead and downed trees, and combating disease, insect and invasive species infestations. The Forest Service is working more closely than ever with tribes, states, and local partners through Shared Stewardship Agreements to make sure the right work happens in the right place at the right time. So far, 44 states and territories are involved, and agreements have resulted in increased forest resiliency, safer communities, reduced wildfire risk, job production, and stabilized economies.National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) delivered on its mission to provide timely, accurate, and useful official federal data to the public on nearly all aspects of U.S. agriculture. NASS released nearly 400 scheduled reports, including many topics connected to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The agriculture census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation. These deep-dive reports looked at states and counties; race, ethnicity and gender; market value of agricultural products; congressional districts; Navajo nations; organics; American Indian Reservations: watersheds; and specialty crops. NASS also released results of the censuses of agriculture for Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NASS added an open-access, customizable, web-based geospatial tool called Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics (Crop-CASMA) to its geospatial portfolio. Crop-CASMA produces near real-time topsoil and subsoil moisture data aligned with NASS’s weekly crop progress reporting calendar.National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $24 million in grants for universities, colleges, small business, technical schools and youth development programs, such as 4-H, to spur rapid response innovation addressing the pandemic. To expand the pipeline of tomorrow’s agricultural scientific and professional workforce, NIFA awarded grants, scholarships, and Centers of Excellence designations to minority-serving colleges and universities. NIFA and the National Science Foundation announced seven new artificial intelligence institutes across the country to accelerate research, expand America’s workforce and transform society for the future. NIFA awarded 12 grants totaling more than $7 million to initiate research on big data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and predictive technologies needed to keep U.S. agriculture on the leading edge of food and agricultural production.Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) worked with agricultural producers to develop more than 100,000 conservation plans as well as place conservation practices and enhancements on more than 19 million acres through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). NRCS helped producers protect more than 230,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands and prime farmlands with conservation easements. NRCS also works closely with conservation partners and other organizations to spur innovation and to increase impacts of conservation. In October, NRCS awarded more than $14.6 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 24 projects, generating more than $15.3 million in partner matching funds.The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) developed estimates of COVID-19-related damages to the U.S. agricultural sector; these estimates were then used to develop payment rates for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs. In addition, OCE estimated impacts of adverse weather on agricultural producers to assist Departmental decision making on drought, hurricanes, derecho, and wildfires. OCE’s World Agricultural Outlook Board coordinated and developed USDA’s annual 10-year agricultural commodity projections and the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), the most widely used source for domestic and global commodity market estimates and forecasts available. OCE coordinated USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA’s premiere annual event, which drew more than 1,800 participants. OCE provided input on numerous rulemakings — including more than 140 pesticide-related EPA documents — which ensured consideration of agricultural interests.The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) hosted more than 50 statewide community prosperity summits to focus on solutions to challenges facing rural and underserved communities and connect them to the education, tools, and resources available to them through USDA programs and initiatives. In 2020, OPPE also connected hundreds of faith-based, youth, military, and community organizations to distributors to form partnerships through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program during COVID-19. This year, OPPE reestablished the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers; the USDA-1890 Land-Grant Universities Task Force; the USDA-1994 Tribal College Leadership Group; and the USDA-Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Leadership Group. OPPE awarded more than $19 million across 50 nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and tribes that support socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.Through the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR), USDA remains committed to Indian Country through broad intergovernmental and outreach efforts. The Office of Tribal relations has helped ensure that policy makers at USDA are aware of challenges and barriers to programs to Indian Country and work quickly to ensure that programs and services do not have an adverse impact on tribes, tribal organizations or tribal citizens. USDA is committed to upholding its government-to-government relationship through consultations on topics ranging from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations to industrial hemp.USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics Mission Area (REE) released the USDA Science Blueprint, which will set the vision for USDA’s scientific research for the next five years. USDA’s agricultural research is vital to helping our farmers, ranchers, producers, and foresters increase efficiency and productivity, and our science agencies play an integral role in setting new visions for innovation through their work. This will serve as a roadmap to guide scientific collaborations across USDA and with our partnering research organizations.Risk Management Agency (RMA) administered crop insurance to help agricultural producers weather this year’s many natural disasters. In 2020, federal crop insurance provided more than $113 billion in total coverage, and to date, has paid out more than $5.8 billion in indemnities. RMA worked diligently to maximize flexibilities to help producers better cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included extending deadlines, waiving certain requirements and deferring interest. RMA also worked with Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to ensure continuity of crop insurance services such as processing policies, claims, and written agreements. And finally, RMA has rolled out new coverage options, including those that help producers impacted by hurricanes, as well as expanded options for hemp producers.Rural Development (RD) invested in a range of services and programs to support rural America. The ReConnect Pilot Program invested $1.3 billion for rural broadband expansion to connect approximately 280,000 households, 19,978 farms and 10,053 businesses to high-speed internet. RD invested a record $6.3 billion in 125 projects to upgrade or build electric infrastructure. Another $2.1 billion will expand access to safe drinking water and improve wastewater management systems for 2.1 million rural Americans. The Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee Program brought $1.7 billion to 384 rural businesses; these investments created or saved nearly 18,000 jobs. The Community Facilities Programs funded the construction or modernization of 1,683 essential community facilities such as rural hospitals, educational institutions and public safety facilities, benefiting 20 million rural residents, across all 50 states, Guam, Virgin Islands and the Western Pacific. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program invested $71.5 million in 116 projects to benefit 12 million rural residents. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA’s Year in Review: Sec. Perdue Proud of Keeping Customers ‘Front and… USDA’s Year in Review: Sec. Perdue Proud of Keeping Customers ‘Front and Center’ in 2020 Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – Dec 16, 2020 Previous articleAfrican Swine Fever Still a ThreatNext articleTwo U.S. Weather Extremes, One Affecting Winter Wheat USDA Communicationslast_img read more

USDA Announces June 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

first_imgSugar Storage Facility Loans (15 years): 2.000%Disaster SupportFSA also reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the year’s winter storms, drought, and other natural disasters that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are prepared with a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers and impacted communities. Many programs are available without an official disaster designation, including several risk management and disaster assistance options.Pandemic SupportThrough September 1, 2021, FSA’s Disaster Set-Aside provision is available to direct loan borrowers who have been impacted by the pandemic. This enables an upcoming annual installment to be set aside for the year and added to the final installment. For annual operating loans, the loan maturity date may be extended up to twelve months in order to set aside the installment. This provision is normally used in the wake of natural disasters, and a second Disaster Set-Aside may be available for direct loan borrowers who already have a DSA in place on a loan due to another designated natural disaster.More InformationProducers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at fsa.usda.gov or by contacting your local USDA Service Center.USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit https://www.usda.gov. By USDA Communications – Jun 2, 2021 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for June 2021, which are effective June 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs.Operating and Ownership LoansFSA offers farm ownership and operating loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers, whether multi-generational, long-time or new to the industry, obtain financing needed to start, expand or maintain a family agricultural operation. For many loan options, FSA sets aside funding for historically disadvantaged producers, including beginning, women, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic farmers and ranchers.Interest rates for Operating and Ownership loans for June 2021 are as follows:Farm Operating Loans (Direct): 1.875%Farm Ownership Loans (Direct): 3.250%Farm Ownership Loans (Direct, Joint Financing): 2.500%Farm Ownership Loans (Down Payment): 1.500%Emergency Loan (Amount of Actual Loss): 2.875%FSA also offers guaranteed loans through commercial lenders at rates set by those lenders.You can find out which of these loans may be right for you by using our Farm Loan Discovery Tool.Commodity and Storage Facility LoansAdditionally, FSA provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage facilities and purchase handling equipment and loans that provide interim financing to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are low. Funds for these loans are provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and are administered by FSA.Commodity Loans (less than one year disbursed): 1.125%Farm Storage Facility Loans:Three-year loan terms: 0.375%Five-year loan terms: 0. 875%Seven-year loan terms: 1.250%Ten-year loan terms: 1.625%Twelve-year loan terms: 1.750% USDA Announces June 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers Previous article94% of Indiana Corn, 86% of Indiana Soybeans PlantedNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 6/2/21 with Tom Fritz of EFG Group USDA Communications Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Announces June 2021 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers Facebook Twitter USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.last_img read more

Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives

first_img Organisation Follow the news on United States Related documents Reporters Without Borders testimonyPDF – 152.66 KB News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee on International Relations. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship. News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee on International Relations. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship. Here is the full text, in English, of the Reporters Without Borders’ statement. United StatesAmericas ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org to go further Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas February 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Woman rescued from River Shannon in Limerick

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat woman rescued from Shannon River A woman has been rescued from the River Shannon by Gardaí and firefighters in Limerick City. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSLimerick City and CountyNews Advertisement “She was taken from the water alive which is always a great result,” said a reliable source. Print WhatsApp Twitter NewsHealthWoman rescued from River Shannon in LimerickBy David Raleigh – April 17, 2020 4385 Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! The woman entered the water at what is locally referred to as the Treaty Stone, near Thomond Bridge, around 3.20pm, Friday.A major rescue operation took place involving Gardaí, a boat crew of three members attached to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service, as well as local fire service personnel.According to a reliable eye-witness, Gardaí threw the woman a lifebuoy, before she was recovered from the water by a swift water rescue technician boat crew attached to Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service.Another reliable source said the woman was transferred to St Michaels Boat Club slipway and handed over to HSE paramedics.The woman was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where her condition is believed to be stable. Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Previous articleLimerick Post Show | 17 April, 2020Next articleGardaí investigating multi-vehicle collision near Clare-Limerick border David Raleigh last_img read more

Gardai seek information about attempted robbery in Ballyheerin

first_imgNewsx Adverts Twitter By News Highland – July 28, 2011 Previous articleHighland Radio is still Ireland’s No 1 Radio Station – TNS/MRBINext articleHealth Minister tells Macgill Summer School hospital managers to blame for waiting lists News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai at Milford are appealing for information following an attempted robbery at a house at Ballyheerin, Kilmacrennan on Saturday night last.At approximately 11:45pm, two armed and masked men entered the house and threratened a fifty year old woman before leaving empty handed. The woman, who was alone in the house at the time, was unharmed but traumatised.The two men were armed with a small hatchet, and what appeared to be a handgun.The first man is described as 5’10″ in height. He was wearing a dark coat and leggings. There were 2 distinctive white stripes down the back of the coat. He spoke with what is described as a local accent.The second male is described as 5’11” in height and of thin build.  He wore dark clothing and a grey scarf and dark woollen cap.Both men are thought to be aged in their forties or early fifties.The incident lasted approximately 10 minutes before the assailants made off on foot.Gardai say they also wish to speak to the occupants of a blue van observed in the vicinity prior to the incident, who may be in apposition to assist with the investigation.Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074 9153060, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Facebook Gardai seek information about attempted robbery in Ballyheerin Facebookcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Plea In SC Seeks Directions To Increase Ambulance Services & Mobilise Resources For Mitigating COVID Crisis

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Directions To Increase Ambulance Services & Mobilise Resources For Mitigating COVID Crisis Sanya Talwar16 Jun 2020 9:36 PMShare This – xAdding to various pending pleas pertaining to Covid-related issues in the Top Court, a fresh PIL has been filed for directions to increase ambulance services to cater to the surging covid positive numbers in the country.An NGO named “Earth” has filed the instant plea through Advocate Dhruv Tamta. It seeks intervention of the court viz. directions to the Centre and State Governments…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAdding to various pending pleas pertaining to Covid-related issues in the Top Court, a fresh PIL has been filed for directions to increase ambulance services to cater to the surging covid positive numbers in the country.An NGO named “Earth” has filed the instant plea through Advocate Dhruv Tamta. It seeks intervention of the court viz. directions to the Centre and State Governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi for invocation of its powers under Section 63 & 65 of the Disaster Managament Act, in order to requisition more ambulances for enabling the transportation of COVID19 as well as non-COVID19 patients.”…use the powers available to the Respondent Authorities under section 63 and 65 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to increase the number of ambulance/ambulance services to cater to COVID and Non- COVID patients and to improve the efficiency of the existing ambulance services due to the steady increase in the number of COVID patients and the difficulties faced by the common man seeking medical treatment amidst the lockdown to travel to hospital for the same” The petitioner-NGO through its President contends that there is an acute shortage of ambulances in the entire country as well as mismanagement of ambulance services throughout the country.The plea also enunciates the necessity of formulating a “centralised mechanism and/or operation centres” in order to increase the number of ambulances by converting public transport vehicles into ambulances and by bringing all the ambulances/ambulance services under one roof making them accessible to the common man.”to requisition private vehicles such as all the private ambulances registered with all the Road Transport Offices along with vehicles used for public transport in order to satisfy the increasing demand of ambulances for COVID-19 as well as NON-COVID patients”Relying on several news reports, the plea states that this has led to many casualties PAN India and thus needs urgent attention and correction.”as the number of cases of COVID-19 patients are rising on a daily basis, the number of COVID-19 patients pan India as on 25th May, 2020 being 1,39,993. However, the Petitioners states that the number of ambulances provided for the transportation of COVID-19 and NON COVID patients have drastically fallen short, making it very difficult for a person to seek medical treatment during the prevalent lockdown”In light of the above, it is stated that even though the Directorate General of Health Services had prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for transporting a suspected or confirmed Covid 19 cases and had called for independent empanelment of ambulances for meeting the growing demand, “the states have failed to fill in the gaps of ambulance services”.Further to this, the plea states that apart from the shortage of ambulances, the ones which are available have been charging exorbitant rates “under the pretext of covering the cost of PPE’s which are highly essential to be worn by every health care worker, drivers and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in order to protect themselves from spreading of the virus”.”Due to such difficulties, it is the need of the hour to increase the number of 108 ambulances in all the states which should include even private vehicles used as ambulance especially for NON-COVID patients who can do with BLS (without ventilator) ambulances” The plea also highlights some innovative methods that have been adopted by some states to counter the growing demand for ambulance services and even puts for suggestions that the States could make use of.”….the Government of Haryana in collaboration with Ola started enabling emergency medical trips on its platform. The Petitioners submit that this new category within the app has been designed to provide convenient, reliable and safe transport to riders who need to access a hospital for medical purposes””….the shortage of ambulance and the supporting staff has been undertaken by the State of Tamil Nadu by appointment of district coordinators who have been given the responsibility to coordinate with the government hospitals and primary health centers in finding ambulances for the patients at the earliest”In this backdrop, the petitioner avers that the Centre must use the power bestowed upon it in terms of  Section 65 of the DMA, 2005 which is the “Power of requisition of resources, provisions, vehicles, etc., for rescue operations, etc” as well as under section 63 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has powers to request officers and authority of the Union and State Governments to make themselves available to perform functions in connection with mitigation of the disaster.Additionally, the petition also seeks fixation of rates chargeable by ambulances per km with advisories for the staff in ambulance with respect to use of health safety equipments like PPE kits.Next Storylast_img read more